Latest update: 06 September 2022
This page will enable you to reserve your pre-boarding COVID test for the cruise ship "MSC Armonia" leaving Barcelona. The tests are undertaken by an official Catalan health centre registered to undertake COVID tests and is set up to issue FIT-TO-CRUISE travel certificates for cruise passengers. The test certificates are issued from an accredited testing lab with a CLIA number which meets the requirements for all cruise ships leaving Barcelona. The Express COVID testing centre only works by appointment to ensure that you are tested quickly and avoids the problem of queuing, unlike other testing centres that don't work by appointment. Therefore, it is advisable to make your reservation for your test in advance to reserve your time slot. Once a time slot is full, the testing centre will not accept further bookings for that time slot. Working by appointment means you get tested as quickly as possible and avoid the problem of queues.
The testing centre on this page issues Antigen FIT-TO-CRUISE certificates within 15 minutes of you being tested and the test centre is open 7 days a week (including Sundays) so you can be sure to get your Pre-Boarding cruise certificate when you need it.
We highly recommend you read all the content on this page before making your reservation because there are essential details which are useful for you to know. However, if you just want to jump directly to make your reservation you can do so by clicking the blue button we have provided throughout this page.
|MSC Armonia cruise ship at Barcelona Port|
Departure dates from Barcelona for MSC Armonia Cruise ship
|24 November 2022|
COVID test requirements for MSC Armonia
The testing centre given on this page is confirmed to issue COVID certificates that meet all the test and certificate requirements for boarding MSC Armonia.
We recommend you follow the link/s below to the official website of MSC cruise liner company to look up the latest testing and vaccination requirements for taking your cruise from Barcelona with MSC.
Please note that the CDC continues to highly recommend pre-boarding COVID tests for all cruise passengers as a common sense precaution for safeguarding your health and the health of other passengers on a cruise. However, the CDC is now leaving the final decision on the testing requirements down to the individual cruise liners themselves.
We have become aware that some hotels in Barcelona have been recommending COVID testing centres close to the cruise passenger’s hotels. However, on many occasions, the COVID testing centres recommended by hotels did not meet the requirements of the cruise ships and passengers were denied travel. The testing centre on this page meets the COVID test requirements for all cruise ships leaving Barcelona.
Hotels are well-intentioned; however, they do not know the full requirements for cruise ship passengers when it comes to testing, and their recommendations can lead to problems for you getting the right certificate or getting the right certificate on time for your cruise.
On many occasions, we learned that hotels recommended a testing centre that could not issue the travel certificates on time. Delayed issuing of certificates leads to cruise passengers feeling stressed and having to rush to find a testing centre that could provide the certificates on time before their cruise embarks. The testing centre on this page issues COVID antigen certificates within 15 minutes of being tested.
Another issue with hotel-recommended testing centres is that they may not operate on Sundays or even the weekend. Testing centres closed at the weekends or that have reduced staff means you could get tested on a Friday but may not get your certificate until the following Monday. The testing centre we recommend is open 7 days a week, including Sundays, and issues antigen certificates in 15 minutes of you being tested.
On other occasions, hotels have recommended testing centres that are not accredited to issue COVID test certificates and have led to people having COVID certificates that were not accepted by some cruise liners. There are more than 100 different cruise ships that leave Barcelona. Each cruise ship has its own specific requirements in terms of pre-boading COVID test certificate - the testing centre on this page knows the specific certificate and testing requirements for each individual cruise ship departing from Barcelona ensuring you will always get the correct FIT-TO-CRUISE certificate for your specific cruise.
Unlike many other testing centres, the cruise testing centre on this page understands the specific needs of cruise ship passengers. They meet all the certificate specifications for all cruises leaving Barcelona. The testing centre on this page is a government-accredited lab that issues the COVID certificates with an official CLIA number. They also issue test certificates within 15 minutes of being tested for Antigen tests ensuring you have your certificate when needed. For PCR tests, you can choose from 3 delivery times depending on how urgently you need the certificates.
The testing centre on this page is geared up for dealing specifically with cruise and airline travellers and understands the needs of cruise travellers. They also offer multi-lingual support in 8 languages via email to answer all your doubts and questions. Most other testing centres in Barcelona only speak Spanish or Catalan, meaning if you have specific questions or want clarifications about your test, you may not get your questions answered.
In addition, the testing centre on this page also offers a "COVID positive support package" should you test positive. Note that 1 in 10 people test positive for COVID. Therefore it is a good idea to have support services ready if you should test positive. Other testing centres do not offer this service, and you would be left feeling lost to know what to do if your COVID test ends up positive. More details about this COVID support package and pricing are available at the testing centre.
The testing centre on this page works only by appointment, which means you can be sure to avoid queues and get tested when you want. Other testing centres do not work by appointment, so you could be stuck in a long queue waiting to be tested. Not to mention you will be in close proximity to others that may be COVID-Positive.
If you want to avoid all the problems mentioned above, we recommend you get tested at the COVID testing centre below, which is specifically set up to test cruise passengers and travellers.
Why take chances with a general COVID testing centre recommended by a hotel? Hotels do not understand all the requirements of cruise travellers, and their recommendations can lead to you having unexpected stress, lost time and extra money to pay.
Location of the cruise COVID testing centre in Barcelona
The Express COVID testing centre for cruise passengers is located just 4.5 km from Barcelona cruise port and only 5 minutes walk from Barcelona’s no.1 most famous tourist attraction “La Sagrada Familia” by Antoni Gaudi (Barcelona’s Giant Basilica). The testing centre is accessible by both the blue and purple metro lines giving easy access to the testing centre. Both of Barcelona's hop on and hop off tourist buses also have stops at the Sagrada Familia, and the testing centre is only 5 minutes walk from there. The location of the express testing centre makes it convenient for you to book your test and then take a visit to the Sagrada Familia if you should so choose. You can then pick up your FIT-TO-CRUISE COVID certificate after your visit to the Sagrada Familia, or you can choose to have it emailed to you. Full details about the address and location of the COVID testing centre will be sent to you via email after you make your reservation using the form below.
The Express cruise ship COVID testing centre only works by appointment to ensure that you are tested right away and not stuck in a long queue for the test. Most other COVID testing centres in Barcelona do not work by appointment, which can result in several hours of waiting. If you are aiming to board a cruise, you do not have much time in Barcelona, therefore, it is advisable to make your appointment well in advance to ensure you get tested right away without having to queue.
|The reception of the medical centre where you’ll need to give your voucher number that is emailed to you.|
Price of the "FIT-TO-CRUISE" antigen test for MSC Armonia
You can make your reservation now using the form below, and you only pay when you arrive at the testing centre itself.
We have arranged a €10.00 discount off the price of each antigen test with the Express COVID testing centre for cruise passengers. When you fill in and submit the form below to make your booking, you will receive a voucher number via email that you can present at the testing centre to get your discount and gives you a discount off the cost of the test.
Normal antigen test price without our special discount: €39.00
Discount with our voucher: €10.00
Antigen test price with our discount voucher applied: €29.00
You discount voucher is sent to you via email when you complete and submit your reservation using the form below.
Price of the "FIT-TO-CRUISE" PCR test for MSC Armonia
You can make your reservation now using the form below and you only pay when you arrive at the testing centre itself.
We have arranged a €5.00 discount off the price of each PCR test with the Express COVID testing centre for cruise passengers. When you fill in and submit the form below to make your booking, you will receive a voucher number via email that you can present at the testing centre to get your discount giving you a discount off the cost of the test.
PCR test results delivered within 3 hours:
Normal PCR test price without our special discount: €150.00
Discount with our voucher: €5.00
PCR test price with our discount voucher applied: €145.00
PCR test results delivered the same day:
Normal PCR test price without our special discount: €130.00
Discount with our voucher: €5.00
PCR test price with our discount voucher applied: €125.00
PCR test results delivered next day:
Normal PCR test price without our special discount: €95.00
Discount with our voucher: €5.00
PCR test price with our discount voucher applied: €90.00
Delivery time for FIT-TO-CRUISE COVID certificate for MSC Armonia
The FIT-TO-CRUISE antigen test certificate is ready 15 minutes after your test. You can either pick up a printed copy of your certificate from the testing centre after your test, or you can have it sent to you via email.
If you choose the PCR test, you have a few delivery time options, and these options are shown in the reservation form below. Each delivery time has a different price.
Make your reservation for your pre-boarding COVID tests for MSC Armonia by completing and submitting the form below.
Opening hours of the testing centre
Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 20:00
The testing centre is also open on public holidays during the same hours.
Except on the following public holidays, during which the testing centre will be closed:
If you want to get tested on these dates, we recommend getting tested the day before or just after. If you need to get tested for travel reasons on these dates, we recommend you carefully check the time frame your destination country requires you to take your test. Depending on your destination country, you will have to take your COVID test within 72, 48 or 24 hours before your flight, enabling you to get tested the day before or the day after the public holidays given above.
EASTER OPENING TIMES (02 April - 10 April 2023): Open as usual.
Make your reservation for your pre-boarding COVID test for MSC Armonia cruise
Complete and submit the form below to make your pre-boarding covid test for "MSC Armonia"
Note that the prices shown in the reservation form below are the prices after your discount voucher has been applied. You need to show the voucher on your mobile when you arrive at the clinic for them to find your test appointment and for you to get your discount.